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Still searching for Ella

Bonnyville RCMP and concerned residents continue to search for Mary (Ella) Corbiere, the 76-year-old homeless woman who went missing over a month ago.
Chris Berg wades through cattails by Jessie Lake, searching for Corbiere or any clues.
Chris Berg wades through cattails by Jessie Lake, searching for Corbiere or any clues.

Bonnyville RCMP and concerned residents continue to search for Mary (Ella) Corbiere, the 76-year-old homeless woman who went missing over a month ago.

The RCMP has received a few tips, including one about Corbiere getting into a car with someone at the 7-11 in town and heading to Kehewin, said Cpl. Steve Smith. The RCMP is still investigating this tip, he said, explaining how following up on leads takes time.

“It's getting more and more likely that she's not around town, based on the fact that no one's reported seeing her,” he said, but explained that the RCMP really doesn't know yet.

“There's a pile of rumours flying around and we follow as many leads as we can. Nothing is confirmed yet.”

Carol Miller organized a search with the Bonnyville Native Friendship Centre for Corbiere at the marshes by Jessie Lake Nov. 3.

About 15 people searched through tall reeds and cattails for her or any possible clues, such as an article of clothing that might have belonged to her. All searchers found were food wrappers, drink bottles and garbage.

“What's not looked for will not be found,” said Miller, who headed up a search for a missing person in Kelowna.

The RCMP asks people to keep their eyes open and check their yards. Anyone with information is asked to call the Bonnyville detachment at 780-826-3350.